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Sam Gyimah, MP for East Surrey, who was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education last week, has confirmed on Twitter he will be responsible for childcare and the early years. Mr Gyimah replaces Elizabeth Truss who was given the job of environment minister. Born in…
A target to ensure young children in the poorest parts of Wales have a health visitor and free childcare is close to being met, two years early. More than 31,000 children joined the Welsh government's flagship Flying Start programme last year, which is up by a third. The programme is…
A North Ayrshire out of school care service has been given recommendations for improvement after it was graded ‘weak’ for the quality of care and support it provides to children. Scotland’s social care regulator, the Care Inspectorate, made the recommendations after an unannounced inspection at Towerlands Cottages Nursery and Schools…
As part of ‘Bright Start’, the NI Executive’s Strategy for Affordable and Integrated Childcare, the Health and Social Care Board & DHSSPS, has developed a free Childcare and Family Support App. This app allows people to search for registered and approved childcare provision, and family support services throughout Northern Ireland…
A new report has highlighted the positive impact of the new early years degree-level qualification for leaders and managers of the early years and childcare workforce in Scotland. The report Knowledge, Confidence and Leadership: Childhood Practice in Action was published this week by the Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC). The…
In 2007 Adrian Ward was commissioned by the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care to write a paper on Leadership in Residential Child Care. The paper is available from the NCB website. Adrian Ward has now produced a revised and greatly expanded version of this influential paper, making…
At the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care’s (SIRCC) conference in June, Ann McSorley, SSSC Senior Adviser in the Workforce Development and Planning Team held a workshop to let people know about The Standard for residential child care in Scotland. This new standard will allow training providers to develop a…
The Government's childcare reforms face significant opposition from providers, according to a new survey released today. Legislation announced to MPs and peers in the House of Lords on Wednesday included a Childcare Payments Bill to make good on promises of tax-free childcare worth £2,000 a year per child. However, a…
The projected cost of government-funded childcare to disadvantaged two-year-olds has risen by a third and could rise again, the Scottish Education Secretary has said. Mike Russell said the Scottish Government has already found an extra £20 million following negotiation with councils and that he is "absolutely not ruling out there…
A new initiative from Greenock-based, Childcare Management Company (CMC), aims to attract young men into the childcare sector. The company has teamed up with Youth in Partnership World (YIP) to launch the 'All About Men' project and hopes to address the extremely low number of male workers in the sector.…
The Scottish Government is being called on to publish information to back up its plans for extending free childcare after independence, with Labour accusing ministers of "writing policies on the bag of a fag packet". Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale claimed independent experts had shown the flagship proposals to be "uncosted"…
Nursery children are being offered screening for tuberculosis after a member of staff tested positive for the disease. NHS Lanarkshire has contacted all parents of children as well as members of staff at Firtrees Nursery in Motherwell where the person works, to give them advice and support. The health board…

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